Museo Civico Archeologico

Museo Civico Archeologico, Bologna: Hours, Address, Museo Civico Archeologico Reviews: 4/5

Museo Civico Archeologico
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9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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The Civic Archaeological Museum of Bologna is located in the heart of the city, inside Palazzo Galvani, close to Piazza Maggiore and the Church of San Petronio. The first construction of this building dated back to the XV century. Modifications and renovations continued up to 1881, when it was definitively opened to the public as a Museum.You can reach the Museum using any bus that runs through Piazza Maggiore. This museum is among the most important in archeological finds in Italy and is highly representative of the local history from prehistoric period to Roman Age. Additionally, its ancient Egyptian collection is among the most important in Europe. Opening hours Tue-Fri: 9AM-3PM Sat, Sun and holidays: 10AM - 6,30PM Closed on Monday,New Year's day, 1st of May,Christmas Day. Admittance Ordinary ticket: Euro 5 (visitors 19-65 years old); Reduced Euro 3; Children and youngs (0-18): free Access for disabled visitors Bookshop Audioguides and QR code Specialized library with a reading lounge. Historic archive (available for consultation with an appointment) Photographic archive (available for consultation with appointment or by written request) Wardrobe: visitors are not allowed to enter in the Museum with bags, umbrellas and other large objects. It is possible to put personal effects inside appropriate boxes with keys. The wardrobe doesn't accept large cases or packs. Bookings are obligatory only for groups with a guide Standard photos, digital photos, videos and films are allowed but only without flash or other enlightening objects and exclusively for personal use and not for commercial purposes. Inside the Museum smoking, eating or drinking are not allowed.
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Emilia C
Bucharest, Romania57 contributions
Couples
We visited today and could only go for the Egyptian expo. But it is worth it. You could literally spend more than 2 h inside as there are hundreds of exponates old for a few millenias. They have mummies and sarcophagues and amulets and jewelry and many many more. The level of details is just mind-blowing. It is indeed one of the most precious Egyptian expos in Italy. You have a free digital guide so bring your headphones. The guide is not great, but you have the option to discover the stories this way...
Written February 13, 2022
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Stephanie & Anthony
Newark-on-Trent, UK568 contributions
Couples
We "dropped" in and bought tickets at the entrance (€6 each) card payment only.

The lower Egyptian floor was great, plenty to see, well laid out and with English text.

Upstairs led to a mixed area of roman, neolitic and bronze age but sadly very few had english text. For this we give 4 star but with more English 5 star.
Written September 28, 2020
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mbazul
Stuttgart, Germany76 contributions
Solo
I visited the Etruschi temporary exhibition. Very well done, with a clear timeline of the different phases of the civilisation in the first part of the exhibition and a geographical organised display in the second part. “Vintage” video projected on walls complement with a dynamic touch. The balance achieved is in my opinion really enjoyable. Bilingual (Italian and English) panels and audio guide help guiding the visitor.
Interesting not only for people with a specific interest in the Etruschi but also for them interested in cultural and artistic exchange in ancient civilisation. The influence of Greek civilisation is evident.
Written January 6, 2020
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Andy B
Belo Horizonte, MG599 contributions
Solo
I absolutely loved this museum. It is big and, yet, not-so-big, distributed on three levels, easy to wander through for hours, and jam-packed with rare, priceless artifacts. Yes, most of the displays either don't have much written information or only have it in Italian, but, without much knowledge, one can still understand the general ideas and concepts of the items being presented. Its Egyptian collection is fantastic and quite large, which is surprising, considering that this is a civic museum, mostly funded by local government. Congratulations to the City of Bologna, for that! I plan on being back.
Written November 6, 2016
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LozzaJLondon
London114 contributions
Family
We made a quick trip to the museum on a rainy day with our two young kids. Only part of the museum was open as they are renovating at the moment, but it was super cheap. The best bit was the ancient Egypt section, which for a quick visit was pretty impressive. The kids thought it was fun too.
Written April 11, 2019
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Thrust v
Prague, Hlavni Mesto Praha, Czech Republic85 contributions
Family
In Italy, you get used to: roman artefacts are just a litter on streets - you walk through Rome, trip over some rock and find out it is not a rock, it is a nose of a statue of Marcus Aurelius, but whatever... Medieval things are so common, they have them on display on streets - you go to a hotel and see a suit of armor, go to a restaurant and see a mace or a sword... And if there are not roman things, there are etruscan, piceno, sabino, etc. You'll get sick of it so quickly... But what can you do when it is 41°C outside and 80% humidity? You go to a airconned museum. We went there just to cool off and found a gem. Firstly, the entry is 6€. That is fairly low considering other museums in major Italian cities. Like in Florence, there is a flat rate for museums 10€... But here, 6€, well, great! Then we heard "you can start left, with our EGYPTIAN exposition"... EXCUSE ME?! Did you say EGYPTIAN?! Was my reaction. Surely there are just some few unimportant and badly preserved artifacts, this is Bologna in the end, not really known for their rich EGYPTIAN exposition... But no. We were AMAZED when we saw it. It is not big, but it is beautiful and rich. There are frescoes, statuettes, pergamens in demotic and hieroglyfic writing, there are mummies, coffins, canopic jars, amulets, etc, etc. The collection goes as far as the old kingdom. I was not expecting such a collection from some civic museum in Bologna(not really a tourist center of Italy, I was pleased when I got off the train from Florence, compared to it there is just negligible number of tourists in Bologna) for just 6€! And we also saw some Etruscan collection and a portion of it was closed off but I don't care! I saw the EGYPTIAN exhibition, my heart of lover of ancient egypt was pleased and I was fully satisfied just with this exhibition alone.
Written August 5, 2018
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Lisa M
Gold Coast5 contributions
Solo
I was really surprised at the depth of these collections. Including Egyptian, Etruscian and Roman artifacts and more.
It was well worth the visit.
Written May 3, 2017
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Inez M
Dublin, Ireland68 contributions
Friends
I'd echo other traveler's sentiments about the collections being displayed in an old-fashioned way but there are several interesting artifacts in this museum.
Of the quirkier objects...in the Egyptian collection, there's a display of a cat coffin & several cat mummies. The rescued Frescos are beautiful if a little faded. There are also fully intact Etruscan burial sites. And of course, the medieval art collection is fantastic.
The real pity is the lack of English translations and also, the lack of context applied to the many objects and collections. There were many English-speaking tourists there at the time and you can see that the museum has a wonderful range of objects from all ages, but it doesn't really come to life when you have to speculate yourself as to why one display case is more significant than another. One area was sealed off and only a few people allowed in at a time. I had no idea what the exclusivity was all about because all the notices were in Italian and I didn't recognise most of the names. Such a pity and a missed opportunity generally to impress tourists with the works. The museum did explain that there are in the process of translating all the signage which is a good step forward.

Despite my unfavorable notes above, don't let the lack of English signage put you off going there.Visually some of the art can be enjoyed without too much backstory.

For kids there are a few play areas themed around the different eras. And there is a lift from the 1st (or ground floor) to the basement (or ground floor in Italy) which houses the Egyptian collection. There's also a small bookstore in the building. The staff at reception were also super helpful.

For those needing a pick-me-up before or after their museum visit, there is the absolutely sublime, historic Mercato di Mezzo (two entrances, on Via Clavature and Via Pescherie Vecchie). There are several food stands offering the local specialties: fresh pasta, platters of local salumi (cold cuts) and cheeses, accompanied by piadine and tigelle (typical breads of the area), wines from the Enoteca Regionale Emilia-Romagna, craft beer, gourmet sandwiches, coffee and cake. It gets crowded but the food is absolutely worth the wait and very reasonably priced. Otherwise, you can just stand at a counter and enjoy an espresso and sweet treat like a local!
Written November 2, 2016
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shel29Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NY135 contributions
We saw the Egyptian exhibits, ancient artifacts and sculptures. They were really quite interesting, but there was very few English descriptions to help one's understanding. The sculpture exhibit had to do with ancient athletes, and offered more in the way of understanding. It's ok for a rainy day activity. If pottery is your thing, there was lots of that too.
Written November 17, 2019
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Sachi Sharma
Phoenix, AZ116 contributions
Family
There is not much to see. Only 3 exhibitions are open (as of the time I went) and they are all mostly boring. The Egyptian exhibit was kind of cool, but the guard sitting in the building kept saying “shh” to us when we were quietly talking and no one else was even in the exhibit! It is a very empty museum. The Roman exhibit is not worth seeing at all, as the statues are nothing special. The prehistoric exhibit is boring as well and again there is nothing to see aside from a collection of rocks from every country. It might have been more interesting if there were English descriptions but there were none. Definitely not worth seeing, don’t waste your time.
Written July 20, 2019
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